Health effects of bad or poor posture:
- With bad posture, your rib cage starts pressing down on the major organs – giving them less space to function.
- Your waistline gains a few inches because of that And you lose a few inches from your height
- Your stomach will jut out and dieting won’t help
- You’ll suffer from back aches which won’t go away easily
- Flexibility is reduced and one shoulder tends to be higher than the other
- You’ll become injury prone because of poor posture. According to some science, bad posture also leads to having more negative thoughts.
- Worst of all, you’ll never feel fresh and rested even after you wake up from a good nights sleep
Deborah Saint-Phard, a physiatrist at CU Sports Medicine, says the most common complaints among the people she sees are back, neck and shoulder pain, all of which can relate to posture. "Posture is all I talk about," she says. "It's very important." Saint-Phard says good posture is crucial for optimal performance in sports. "Oftentimes, I'll walk into a room and see teenage kids slumped over, with rounded shoulders and head slumped over. They'll have shoulder pains (when they) play tennis," she says.
Saint-Phard says poor posture is exacerbated by weak back muscles that are elongated and stretched out.
Douglas Wisoff, a Boulder physical therapist says: posture also can affect breathing. "If your shoulders are rounded and chest back, the result is that the chest cavity is smaller. ... You're talking about ventilation being quite a bit less. Then you have ... lower energy levels. Because your ventilation is so compromised, you get used to those lower energy levels. It has (an effect on) clarity, ability to focus, ability to concentrate, ability to excel in sports." Wisoff says stress can be a big contributor to poor posture.
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